Oregano oil is a powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial. This means that it helps to eliminate bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Oregano oil contains thymol, which is widely used to combat bad breath and plaque. It can be more powerful that prescribed antibiotics against certain bacteria. But using a single drop on your toothpaste or in your mouthwash, you can very effectively eliminate a lot of the damaging bacteria in your mouth.
Tea tree oil is another powerful bacteria-killer. Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is taken from a plant native to Australia. The primary active compounds are terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which make it a well known disinfectant, used for thousands of years against viruses, fungi and bacteria. It’s used effectively against plaque, gum disease, gum imflammation, bad breath, a tooth ache and canker sores. However, tea tree oil should never be swallowed and you should be careful about leaving any of its residue in your mouth.
Spearmint oil contains carvone, limonene, menthone, dihydra carvone, cic-carvone, lonalool and eucalyptol, which all blend together in this plant to form an antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal medicine, among its other properties. Spearmint oil is found in many mouthwashes and toothpastes because of these properties as well as its cooling, minty fresh taste.
Clary sage oil is terrific oil for strengthening the gums, which can reduce the risk of you losing your teeth prematurely. The main chemical constituents of clary sage oil are linalyl acetate, germacrene-D, linalool, sclareol, diterpenes, and alpha-terpineol. The antibacterial properties that come from these components can kill harmful bacteria in the mouth as well, preventing dental caries, tooth decay, bleeding gums and periodontal disease.
Peppermint oil the delightful, sprite, minty smell and taste of peppermint is very popular in dental health products. It contains menthol, menthone, cineole, b-caryophylene and limonene, all which make it very effective at destroying anaerobic bacteria, which thrive in the low oxygen environment of the mouth, causing gum disease and gum imflammation. Peppermint oil is also commonly used for treatment of the common cold, sinus infections and a sore throat.
Clove oil has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years to relieve toothaches. It's main chemical components include eugenol, B-caryophyllene, a-humulene and eugenyl acetate, among others.Clove oil inhibits many different pathogenic bacteria and it has been used in the past by dentists to disinfect root canals. It’s also great for a sore throat.
Cinnamon oil has long been used for its medicinal properties, especially its antibacterial properties. Research has shown that this cinnamon oil has the greatest antimicrobal potency against streptococcus mutans, which is responsible for tooth decay and lactobacillus plantarus, which causes gingivitis.
These essential oils are all great for your teeth and gums and they all have many other health properties as well. Other great ways to use them are: